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Friday 20th July 2018

'DWTS' Fans Insist Season 26 Contestant Is 'Only There for Ratings'

They aren't pleased!

The athletes are taking over!

Dancing With the Stars' season 26 cast was finally announced on Good Morning America, filling fans in on who'd we see on the dance floor come April 30.

Of the 10 pairings, there's one couple that hasn't been too well received by loyal followers online.

Read more: DWTS Season 26 Cast Revealed

Retired figure skater Tonya Harding, known for being caught up in the controversy of an attack on a fellow athlete, is set to dance alongside Sasha Farber this season.

Unfortunately, many think Harding was only cast "for ratings," and because of that, she'll be kept "as long as possible."

Someone else asked why ABC is "giving [Harding] any publicity," with another person saying that her appearance is "a disappointment."

Others took issue with the decision to focus solely on those who take part in sports, doubting the season entirely.

Along with the newly implemented theme, season 26 was cut in half from its typical 8 week run to just 4.

"Not really excited about DWTS this season.. it’s only 4 weeks and don’t know if having athletes for all of the stars is going to be a good idea," one person wrote.

Read more: Top Athlete Cut from DWTS for Being 'Too Controversial,' Report Claims

Aside from Harding, the rest of the cast includes: Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson, Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten, Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold, Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko, Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson, Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe, Johnny Damon with Emma Slater, and Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess.

Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman will return as judges, along with regular hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Season 26 of Dancing With the Stars will premiere Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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